President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn told a business associate that he would make sure economic sanctions against Russian Federation would be "ripped up" as one of his first orders of business in the White House, a whistleblower told congressional investigators.
According to the account detailed in the letter, the whistle-blower had a conversation on Inauguration Day with Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners, a company that hired Mr. Flynn in 2015 as an adviser to develop a plan to work with Russian Federation to build nuclear power plants throughout the Middle East. Mr. Flynn served as an adviser until June 2016. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy: FBI has had a "really bad last 18 months' Benghazi panel used 0K in taxpayer money to settle wrongful termination lawsuit Congressional investigators make first evidence requests in Russian Federation nuclear bribery case MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee".
Cummings told Gowdy in his letter that he found the witness "authentic, credible and reliable". Gowdy did not immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment but previously has referred letters from House Democrats about Flynn to Mueller's inquiry.
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Michael Flynn sent a text to a business partner as President Donald Trump was delivering his inaugural address last January that a joint plan between Russian Federation and Flynn's business allies to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East was "good to go".
Copson allegedly showed the whistleblower the text he received from Flynn on his phone. The documents also revealed previously unreported aspects of the ACU proposal, including the involvement of a Russian nuclear equipment manufacturer now under U.S. sanctions.
Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, worked together with Copson's company, ACU Strategic Partners, until June 2016.
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Cummings wrote that he delayed releasing the letter at Mueller's request until the special counsel "completed certain investigative steps". The plan, backed by a group of investors, nuclear power adherents and former USA military officers, was to construct dozens of nuclear reactors across the Mideast working with Russian and other global private interests.
Cummings said the whistleblower contacted his office in June 2017 to describe events that occurred at an event in Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day. The two had not known each other, Cummings said.
On Inauguration Day, Flynn apparently texted Copson that the power plant venture was "good to go", according to the whistleblower. According to this account, Copson blamed President Barack Obama for the sanctions, stating that he "fucked everything up in my nuclear deal with the sanctions". While the informant did not read the message, he saw the time stamp of 12.11pm, which was about 10 minutes into Trump's inaugural address.
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